Winsor & Newton Artguard Barrier Cream

Art materials are inherently hazardous. Even the least harmful products may have some amount of hazardous ingredients. Try reducing your exposure by using personal protective equipment, ventilating your space and only buying what you need.

The following product reviews have been requested by program partners. To know which of your existing products are safer to use, please review their Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to see if they have the same ingredients as the products listed here.

Art Guard Barrier Cream
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When to Use

Use when skin exposure to art materials is inevitable. Make sure to apply on and under fingernails too. Reapply as required. Washes off with soap and water.



Info on this product category: Barrier Creams (Artist)

Why Go Green

Many art products contain hazardous ingredients that are harmful to your health and the health of the environment. There are safer alternatives available for most categories of art materials. In case, safer alternatives cannot be used, use the recommended personal protective equipment and ventilation.


Make sure to apply barrier creams on and under fingernails too. Reapply as required. Washes off with soap and water.

Criteria for Barrier Creams (Artist)

Criteria for Suggested products:

Products should not contain carcinogens, asthmagens, mutagens, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins and reproductive toxicants.

Last updated

Last updated: 
November 7, 2014


The Safer Art Products & Practices factsheet helps artists make safer decisions when it comes to purchasing, using and disposing art materials.

Guide for City Staff

Citywide Contract

Guide for Small Businesses & Homes

Many art products contain hazardous material that should not end up in the trash, recycling or composting bins or be poured down the drain.
Professionals: Call Recology SF's Very Small Quantity Generator Program at (415) 330-1425 to dispose of all art waste.
Hobby Artists: Call (415) 330-1405

Empty clean containers can be recycled in the Recycling bin.

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